Stitches of Light and More

Crochet, plastic canvas, wreaths and more

I love this bag!- made by you Monday

I like purses, though I’m not one to buy a bunch of them or a any other thing for that matter (except maybe yarn LoL). However, I don’t feel as bad about making them though! I haven’t made more than one for myself yet, but I enjoy making them for others. I just love all the adorable bags out there to make.

 

This bag in particular is a favorite of mine.

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Sometimes I like to attach some cute flowers or a ribbon.

It’s based on  a lovely market bag pattern that I found over at Daisy Cottage Designs.  She has a wonderful blog for crochet!  I did adapt the pattern with the way I constructed the handles, and to make it larger as the pattern there was for a child-size bag (though I think that size is wonderful for adults too, depending on what you want to use it for).

I made one that I use as a purse sometimes.  Since it’s a market bag, it isn’t lined, so I just have to be careful that I don’t have anything small and loose in there.  I would love to figure out how to line these bags, but I seem challenged by round ones.  (I’m not a great sewer).  I have learned to line rectangular ones though 🙂

If you do not crochet and would like me to make you a bag, orders can be placed in my Etsy shop.

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Jesus Bookmark Plastic Canvas Pattern- Finished Friday

Tuesday I posted my first crochet pattern- a free flower coaster pattern.  I feel more creative with plastic canvas though, and have written many patterns for that, but only for myself.  However, this pattern is one that I have actually posted for sale on Etsy.  I’m not sure how many of my readers do plastic canvas, but if you haven’t you might like to give it a try!  It’s not an expensive hobby, and it’s really not difficult to learn.  For those that do plastic canvas, here is a picture of my bookmark:

 

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Like the military that I wrote about last Friday, my faith is also very important to me.  However, I will be working on many more patterns of all different sorts, so please keep checking back.  The rainbow coaster that I posted on Wednesday as part of my work in progress now has the pattern available in my Etsy store.  Here it is again, if you missed it Wednesday:

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If you or someone you know would like to purchase either of these patterns, they are available for sale in my Etsy shop, along with many other already-made items, such as yarn wreaths, diaper wreaths, tissue covers and more.

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Wreaths, coasters and eggs- Work in Progress Wednesday. And linky party?

So what do wreaths, coasters and eggs all have in common? Yarn! And they are all works in progress this week. The eggs are technically finished being stitched, but I haven’t listed them on etsy. Well one set is, but not these. Listing things is a bit of a chore to me. Chore=work. A work in progress lol.

So here they are:

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As I said the eggs are all stitched.

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These wreaths are waiting for glue and painted letters.

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These coasters are a new pattern I just created in the last couple of days. One needs to have the edging finished, and they need a box made. I also plan to write a pattern to sell on etsy.

Then I still have to finish the lid of the Air Force coaster set. I also need to do some price labels for wreaths for this weekend’s craft show. I think I’ll be busy the rest of the week!

What are you working on this week? I would love for you to post your links. And speaking of posting links, I’ve been kicking around the thought of hosting a Thursday linky party. I have no idea what theme or anything yet. What would you like to see? Would you be willing to participate, of do you feel there are enough parties out there?

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Flower coaster pattern

I did have a few people interested in the pattern for the flower coasters. This is my first pattern that I’ve written for anyone other than myself, so please ask if there’s anything I don’t explain well!

***** Note: the 1st 7 rounds are worked in a spiral, do not join to the 1st stitch of round, but do mark the beginning of each round.

1. Begin with a magic circle.
2. Round 1: 6 single crochet into circle (6 stitches)
3. Round 2: 2 single crochet into each stitch around (12 stitches)
4. Round 3: *1 single crochet in 1st stitch, 2 single crochet in 2nd stitch*. Repeat between ** around (18 stitches)
5. Round 4: *1 single crochet in 1st 2 stitches, 2 single crochets in 3rd stitch*. Repeat between ** around (24 stitches)
6. Round 5: *1 single crochet in 1st 3 stitches, 2 single crochet in 4th stitch*. Repeat between ** around (30 stitches)
7. Round 6: *1 single crochet in 1st 4 stitches, 2 single crochet in 5th stitch*. Repeat between ** around (36 stitches)
8. Round 7: *1 single crochet in 1st 5 stitches, 2 single crochet in 6th stitch*. Repeat between ** around (42 stitches). For this round, join to the first stitch of this round with a slip stitch.
9. Round 8: *chain 6, skip next 3 stitches, slip stitch into 4th stitch. Slip stitch in stitches 5, 6, 7.*. (1st petal). Repeat between **. You will have 7 petals when finished. Slip stitch to join in 1st chain of round
10. Round 9: single crochet around each petal and each slip stitch of previous round. Join with slip stitch to 1st single crochet of round.
11. Weave in ends.

That’s it! Here is a picture of the 2 I’ve completed so far. Sorry, I haven’t weaves in my ends yet. Let me know how this works for you!

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Crocheted Easter Eggs- Made by You Monday

I can’t remember where I had first seen those cute little crocheted Easter eggs. But I thought that it looked like a project I could handle and work up relatively quick. So I researched around the internet and compared some patterns. Then I went and got some foam egg shapes to stick inside. The pattern ended up not quite fitting my egg forms though. I don’t know it it was my yarn, my gauge or the eggs lol. So I ended up modifying the pattern a bit. Here is how my modified version turned out:

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I like them a lot, then I tried some different yarn that I saw at the store and thought would be perfect for Easter eggs and stuffed them with fiber-fill.

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The original pattern can be found here: http://delights-gems.blogspot.com/2013/03/crocheted-easter-eggs.html?m=1

I especially love the 2-color ones with the designs. That’s a bit tedious to me as I’m not great at changing colors. (Anyone know any good tutorials?).

Has anyone else tried any eggs? I would love to see your photos (and anything else you’ve been working on!)

If you would like to purchase a set or have a set created for you, they are available here in my Etsy shop.

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Veterans Military Yarn Wreath- Finished Friday

In the past week I’ve been working on several yarn wreaths again. Two are almost completed, but this one is all finished!

My husband serves in the military, so I like to make a lot of military and USA related items. While he is still active duty, I wanted to make this to honor all our brave veterans out there.

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If you or someone you know would like to purchase a wreath like this and honor the veteran in your life, it is available for sale in my Etsy shop: Veterans Military Cammo Wreath on Etsy

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Flower Coaster- Work in Progress Wednesday

I thought I would try something new this week. I truly get tired of posting my projects. So this is my project, but I thought (hope) that you all will give me some feedback and let me know:
1. If you like it
2. If you would be interested in a free pattern for it that I would post here on my blog/website?

So pictured below is 1 flower coaster that I whipped up. I thought they would look cute in a set of 4, each being a different color.

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Assembling a plastic canvas box, part 2

I’m sorry it has taken me so long to get around to finishing this tutorial.  Procrastination and such I suppose.  So here is part 2 of assembling a plastic canvas box.  Part one left off with having all the sides attached to the bottom, but not stitched up the corners or having the top edged.

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Now we want to begin joining those corner pieces.  You should already be at a corner from where you left off joining the sides to the bottom.  Now you just fold up the sides and insert your needle through the bottom hole on both sides and pull the yarn through (basically a whipstitch).  You might need to go through each hole twice for adequate coverage.

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Work your way up the pairs of holes.

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Now that you’re at the top, we’re going to go across the top edge of this side of the box.  Just a simple overcast stitch across.

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Now we’ve reached the next corner.  Instead of cutting the yarn, I run it down the inside to come through the bottom holes of those sides (closest to where they were attached to the bottom piece).  Then I whipstitch up the side again, being careful that I’m covering that runner down inside.

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Now we have 2 corners finished.  We’re going to overcast across the next side and keep repeating the corner whipstitches and overcast stitches the rest of the way around the box

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Here is the finished bottom part of the box.  To end the yarn, I just run it under a few stitches of neighboring overcast stitch (of the same color) and cut the yarn.

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Here’s my box bottom holding my set of coasters.  The top of the box will be made following the same procedure.

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What are some of your favorite ways to use plastic canvas boxes?  If you have made a project, I would love to see it!

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Baby boy yarn wreath

Last week I finally finished up the last yarn wreath for babies that I had in mind.  I had already made a gender neutral yellow wreath, and a pink girl wreath.  These really aren’t hard to make, just a little time consuming until I make all the flowers and paint the letters.   Then I seem to have the habit of not getting around to gluing stuff.  So here’s the finished boy yarn wreath.  What do you think?

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And here’s the “collection” of all three:

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They are all available in my Etsy store: www.etsy.com/shop/stitchesoflight.  Or you can click the individual picture and be taken right to the individual listing.

Do you have a cute item that you make for babies?  If so, I would love for you to post a link in the comments 🙂

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Navy Military Yarn Wreath- Finished Friday

 

At the end of January, I posted about my military yarn wreaths that I had started back in December. I finished the Air Force wreath around that time I believe, but somehow the Navy wreath got set aside again. When I picked it back up, I made the flowers, wrapped the wreath and got ready to assemble it. And then I realized I had a problem. The black letters I had painted were too dark to be seen on the navy blue yarn of the wreath. Dilemma! I wanted each of the military wreaths to be wrapped in a different color, but I had also wanted them to all have black letters. The Army wreath was already done in gold, so that meant it had to be wrapped in navy blue. So I ended up changing the letter color to gold. So then repainting took a bunch of time. So I finally have it finished! Here is a picture of the finished wreath:

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I am so happy to finally have this done! Now I have wreaths for Army, Navy, Air Force and Marines. I hope to do a Coast Guard one eventually, as well as a military veteran one, but I think that will have to wait for now. Here is the collection of what I have. They are all available in my Etsy shop:
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